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released american hikers. it cost a million but today iran finally set shane bauer and josh fattal free. the newly released americans are inside this white toyota as it left the prison today. that toyota is a diplomatic car registered to oman where the two americans are headed. in fact, we're being told they're just about perhaps 20 or so minutes away from landing in oman, and then another part of the story. there's a timing to this whole release. coincidence or not. this came as iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad entered united nations building in new york. let's go straight to mohammed jamjo jamjoom. how close are these two americans from touching down where you are? >> reporter: well, brooke, we're here at the royal airport. armani officials are saying that the plane should touch down within the next 20 to 30 minutes. we also learned from the families of josh fattal and shane bauer that the families are indeed here, that sarah shourd, the third american hiker who was detained along with the two men and the fiancee of shane bauer, she's here as well. they're eagerly awaiting the reu
release. as rob ross reports, this comes as bail was set for josh fattal and shane bauer, who they say will be freed in days. >> reporter: here where shane bauer worked as a journalist, a year before his arrest, there is hope, real hope. >> shane bauer's mother e- mailed me that this is the real thing, this is real. >> reporter: the iranian governor arrested bauer, josh fattal and their friend, sarah shourd, on charges of spying and crossing the iranian border, sarah shourd was released last year, but it was predicted that bauer and josh fattal could be freed in a couple of days, this coming after an iranian court set the bail at half a million each for the men. this comes after more information on the details that they could be released. we hope to say more, the family said, when they're back in our arms. >> i think it is the most horrible thing that could happen for them. >> reporter: students on campus hope that the ordeal will end soon. >> it is really scary knowing that students from my college are actually, you know scared for their lives right now in another country. and i am j
and josh fattal were released earlier today. they left iran on a plane heading for oman after their lawyers obtained signatures on a bail for freedom deal. $500,000 for each man was posted by an unknown source, possibly someone from oman. their release had been delayed due to a power struggle between president ahmadinejad and his judicial rivals. bower and fattal have ties to the bay area. they are u.c. berkeley graduates and worked with people here. tara has some reaction from people who knew them and boy, they must be relieved. >> reporter: oh, definitely. this is a copy of the last story shane bower wrote for new american media. the offices are across the street from where they're standing. >> right now i'm heading out the door and traveling to kurdistan. >> reporter: she reads the e- mail three days before they were captured more than two years ago. >> it was just a morning of great relief. >> reporter: sandy spearheads the news outlet. >> he was never a spy, never dreamed of being a spy. he went and learned arabic. he did this incredible photojournalism and fell in love with the
there with a better way. now, that's progressive. >>> shane bauer and josh fattal, two u.s. hikers in iran, are expect to land in oman any moment now. michelle cosmetis at the airpor. >> reporter: they're only moments away from where their freedom will officially begin outside iran. not quite in the u.s. yet. we're in the capital of oman right across from iran. and this is not the international airport but the royal airport that belongs to the sultan. they're on his private jet. they'll land here. what we're told by officials with the ministry of information, the families waiting inside the royal airport. we've had no contact with them thus far. but they're inside right now. and there are quite a few of them. both parents of shane bauer, the parents of josh fattal. three siblings of the two of them and also, sarah shourd. the fiance of shane bauer and she was freed almost one year ago to the day. they'll come out here on the tarmac. they've release ad really touching letter thanking the sultan and all those who secured their release after more than two years, calling this the best day of their lives,
, americans josh fattal and shane bauer are expected to be freed any moment now. abc7's terry mcsweeney is following the minute-by-minute development out of iran. terry? >> reporter: we have been watching the wires and checking the satellite. waiting for word that the two former u.c. berkeley students have been released from the prison. that word has not come in yet. bauer and fattal are expected to be handed over to swiss diplomat who represent american interest because u.s. has no diplomatic relations with iran. the iranian attorney for the two men says he was finally able to get a signature from a second judge in the case. that was the last obstacle standing in the way of their freedom. something required by the iranian courts. this release is not going to come without a price. bail, as iranians are calling it, half a million dollars each. it's not clear who is paying that money. last week, iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad announced the two would be freed within days but the iran judiciary saying he didn't have the authority. in interview with abc news, ahmadinejad denied
an iranian prison last week. josh fattal and shane bauer have arrived in new york from oman. the men were arreeted and charged with spying in 2009 after crossing the iranian border. jenn lee shares their emotional homecoming. after 781 days behind bars... phe american hikers released from iranian custodyfinally speaking out...candidly.... about their harrowing experience:bauer says "this was never about crossing unmarked border between iran and iraq."fattal says: "the only reason we were held hostage, was because we are american."it's the first time josh fattal, and shane bauer and sarah shourd have been able to talk áfreelyá and ápubliclyá of their terrifying ordeal.fattal and bauer returning to the u-s sunday morning, after being held for more than 2 years on spying charges.shourd was released last year...and said leaving josh fattal and her fiance.... shane bauer .... was excruciating:shourd says: "i felt that it was very wrong to be walking off that plane alone. we all saw shane and josh run down those stairs. nothing was holding them back. they were ready and so eager to reenter
by iran and for over two years are with their families in oman. josh fattal and shane bauer were released yesterday, a day their relatives call the best day of their lives. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest on this story. good morning, susan. >> betty, good morning. >> reporter: no one will soon forget the sight when the two raced off the jet to reunite for with their families. for washington and america, it it was a moment of joy and relief. shane bauer and josh fattal are back with their families, enjoying their first full day of freedom. the american hikers jumped into the arms of their loved ones in oman wednesday. they were released on $1 million bail after spending more than two years in an iranian prison. >> we are so happy we are free and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: iranian authorities arrested fattal, bauer, and their friend sarah shroud on spying and tres passing charges while they were hiking on the iraq/iran border in july of 2009. shroud released last december. while in prison, bauer proposed to her and while apart, the two finally embraced on the tarm
. >>> after spending more than two years locked up in iran, hishgers josh fattal and shane bauer are finally free. yesterday they were released from prison into the arms of loved ones. we have more from iran. >> after 780 days in tehran's prison, josh fattal and shane bauer finally get to taste freedom. their iranian lawyer was summoned to the judiciary to come and finalize their $1 million bail arrangement. once that has been done, omani and swiss delegates rushed to the prison to see how long it would take to get them out. the good news was delivered that josh fattal and shane bauer, after two years of hope and heartbreak for themselves and their families were on their way out of iran. >> two years in prison is too long. and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in america and iran. >> reporter: what this ordeal and case has highlighted, though, are deep rifts between the ruling elite, something ahmadinejad wants to address at the u.n. general assembly this week. nbc news, tehran. >> back here at home, the diplomat standoff cont
and josh fattal tried to get the judge's signature on paperwork but was told on friday judge would not be back until today. court officials tell them the judge has not returned yet. still not clear when he will be back, josh fattal and shane bauer are accused of being spice and crossing into iran illegally. shane bauer and josh fattal deny any wrongdoing. >>> a diplomatic campaign is underway in new york. palestinians are trying to regain full membership. mahmoud ahmadinejad is leading the charge and today he will meet with french president nicolas sarkozy to try and gather support, however united states is promising to veto membership until they resume peace talks with israel. >> the effort itself will be counterproductive to the goal which is turn to direct negotiations between the two parties. >> mahmoud ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak before the un general assembly and plans on submitting a formal letter asking for membership. >>> president barack obama will meet with the libyan transition council and he will out to the early -- tout the early success of the the mission to re
and josh fattal were in prison along with sarah shaw who was released but the two remained in jail.$♪ a couple of years ago they were tried and were sentenced to eight years in prison for those crimes but negotiations to get them out continued and last week the first signs that a release was imminent came when mahmoud ahmadinejad told the u.s. media that shane bauer and josh fattal would be freed as a humanitarian gesture. over the last week there have been some ups and downs. bail was set at $500,000 each and there were reports that somebody put up the money. why they would put up the money is unclear. it's just away for them to ease tensions between iran and u.s. and would also ease tensions. either way the money was posted and there was a delay with the signatures. two were needed and one judge was on vacation until yesterday. overnight the attorneys said he had gotten all the necessary signatures from the judiciary officials and hoped they would be free today. at this point they are waiting, where they will go upon release is unclear. we are watching things carefully in tehra
. the families of shane bauer and josh fattal rushed to meet them. >> camera crews waited at the release of the american hikers. shane bauer and josh fattal are finally free. we obtained this exclusive footage of the pair. the iranians wanted to show that they were treated well in detention. they were detained with another american more than two years ago in the on march region between iran and iraq. the iranians accused them of spying but the americans said they were simply hiking. one was released last year on grounds of ill health. she said that none of them could have been supplies. >> we had no equipment on us. we had no intention to come into iran and we are no threat. >> the families were allowed to meet shane bauer and josh fattal last year. >> iran's president said this before the release. >> we did not make this decision under pressure. this is a humanitarian decision. >> this has only deepened the mistrust between iran and washington. iran says that their nuclear program is peaceful. western countries suspect iran of wanting to make a nuclear bomb. there has been problems with
bauer and josh fattal describes this as the best day in their lives. they are enjoying a reunion in gnomon. -- in oman. >> the joy of freedom. the relieved u.s. hiker's raced into the arms of their waiting family. this is the day they have all been waiting for. they are finally free. close your happy we are free -- >> we are happy that we are free. we thanked the king of all montfort obtaining our relief. -- we thanked the king of oman for obtaining our release. >> we sincerely hope for a freedom for those who are unjustly imprisoned in america and around the world. >> they were arrested along with a third american, sarah shourd, , in the region between iran and iraq. the iranians accused the trio of spying. the americans said they were simply hiking in northern iraq. sarah shourd was released last year on grounds of field house. -- of ill health. >> it is clear that we had no intention to come to iran. we were no threat. "the families were allowed to meet shane bauer and josh fattal briefly last year turned to relatives are calling this the best day of their lives. -- >> the fam
and josh fattal are finally free. we obtained this exclusive footage of the pair. the iranians wanted to show that they were treated well in detention. they were detained with another american more than two years ago in the on march region between iran and iraq. the iranians accused them of spying but the americans said they were simply hiking. one was released last year on grounds of ill health. she said that none of them could have been supplies. >> we had no equipment on us. we had no intention to come into iran and we are no threat. >> the families were allowed to meet shane bauer and josh fattal last year. >> iran's president said this before the release. >> we did not make this decision under pressure. this is a humanitarian decision. >> this has only deepened the mistrust between iran and washington. iran says that their nuclear program is peaceful. western countries suspect iran of wanting to make a nuclear bomb. there has been problems with relations since the 1979 revolution. tehran and said they did it for better relations. >> they want to be a part of the world. they want
at this point when bauer, josh fattal and sarah shourd will return. >> and president obama reacted to the hikers' release at the u.n. >> wonderful news, we are thrilled. and i -- i know their families feel better, the moms who we have been in close contact with. it is a wonderful day. thank you. >> the release came just moments before president obama was to address the general assembly. now senator boxer had this to say about the release, "it is so wonderful that shane and josh are coming home to be with their loved ones but i deeply regret their release took so long. they paid too great a price by the iranian government' there was work to publicly release them. >>> and finally, freedom in oman, cla udin ne long has more. >> reporter: the release of josh fattal and shane bauer comes after two years in prison. >> it was insane they were held in the first place. i am sure their families are very happy. >> reporter: it began july 31st, 2009. bauer, josh fattal and sarah shourd were arrested along the iraq border. the families began repeated pleas to officials, saying the three strayed by mistake,
are they? where a shane bauer and josh fattal, the former u.c. berkeley students? i'm terry mcsweeney live in the newsroom. the story on the way. >> i'm amy hollyfield live in san francisco. where police are looking for two men who opened fire in the bay view in the middle of the afternoon. sent a 5-year-old girl to the hospital. >> good morning. a look from downtown san francisco. third consecutive spare the air. i'll show you where the air quality will be poor and when it will cool off. >> sue hall following wednesday morning commute. abc7 traffic center. thick fog on the golden gate bridge. hot spot is san leandro with a big rig accident. we'll get you around it in a minute. >> i'm kristen sze. >> i'm eric thomas. breaking news out of iran where two u.c. berkeley graduates are free men. shane bauer and josh fattal have been released after two years imprisoned on spying charges but there is confusion about where they are and if they have left the prison facility exactly. terry mcsweeney is on top of the story all morning long. we know the next step is get them home. >> that is the goal.
than two years in an iranian jail. shane bauer and josh fattal. we take you to new york to hear more about this incredible journey. on the flight with fattal and bauer, todd baxter, he'll be joining us soon with details about his conversation with them on the plane. >>> in saudi arabia, a historic decision expanding women's rights. king abdullah says saudi women will be able to vote and run for office in future municipal elections, not including elections coming up this thursday. >> i've spoken to many women's rights activists in the past several hours, after this announcement was made. they are elated at the news. they say it is about time. they say it is one thing to be able to vote, but to also be able to nominate themselves as candidates in the future round of elections, even though the date for the elections hasn't been set yet, they say they're over the moon about this, this is a big step forward toward the empowerment of women in saudi arabia. they say that's something much needed in this country, a country where there is a male guardianship system, women can't drive, can't op
. shane bauer and josh fattal released. they are safely in jordan. now the latest from t.j. winnick. >> it was a family reunion 781 days in the making. shane bauer and josh fattal held captive in an iranian prison, raced down the stairs of the dead and into the arms of loved ones. -- down the stairs of the airplane. there was a long kiss between shane and his fellow prisoners sarah shourd, fellow prisoner until a year ago. we caught up with the young men's mothers. >> i feel fabulous. josh looks terrific. he lasted 781 days. we could not be more proud. >> they were arrested along the iranian border in july 2009. they have maintained they were hiding, but they were charged wic-- but they were charged with spying. they were released on 500 million-- $500,000 each. >> too belong in prison. >> they were allowed only one face-to-face meeting with their families in iran and short phone calls. they were released wednesday morning, following a week of last-minute delays. the u.s. has no formal diplomatic relations with iran so they depended on intermediaries, the swiss. >> we are very thank
today. theres was bail set of $5,000 each for shane bauer and josh fattal.he iran says the two americans shane bauer and josh fattal are spies, tried and convicted but the men's families say they're simply hikers who took a wrong turn, and now iran's president, perhaps hoping to good publicity in america says that the two will be freed. thieve illegally crossed our borders. we tried last year to free one of the three persons, and we are also trying to make arrangements for their freedom, for the freedom of the other two. i think these two will be freed in a couple of days. >> in a couple of days? >> yes, in a couple of days. >> they will be freed. >> shane bauer, josh fattal and their traveling companion went hiking in july 2009 in kurdistan. their families say if they crossed the unmarked border into iran, they did so entirely by accident. the three were detained by iranian officials and charged with illegal entry and espionage. a year ago, sarah shores was released on compassionate grounds. she remained outside the country while her companions were tried inside iran. now the case again
in an iranian prison. >> finally a happy ending. shane bauer and josh fattal reunited with loved ones wednesday in the gulf state of oman. the two men could return to the u.s. in just a matter of days. tara mergener has that story. >> reporter: shane bauer and josh fattal are back with their families enjoying their first full day of freedom. the american hikers jumped into the arms of their loved ones in oman wednesday. they were released on $1 million bail after spending more than two years in an iranian prison. >> we are so happy we are free and so relieved to be free. >> reporter: iranian authorities arrested shane bauer, josh fattal and their friend sarah shourd on spying and trespassing charges while hiking along the iraq/iran border in july of 2009. shourd was freed last september, while in prison shane bauer proposed to her, after a year apart the two finally embraced on the tarmac. >> two years in prison is too long we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in america and iran. >> reporter: release came before president obama ad
until josh fattal and shane bauer bounded down the steps into their arms. smiles, tears, a long kiss between shane and sarah shourd, his fiancee and fellow prisoner until one year ago this week. >> we are so happy we are free and so relieved we are free. >> two years in prison is too long. >> reporter: too long for the families as well. >> and he lasted 781 days. >> reporter: 781 days in iran's most notorious prison, one month on hunger strike, protesting their detention. a total of just 15 minutes in phone calls home. and just one face-to-face visit in iran. $1 million in bail. as their detention dragged on, their families' patience and strength wore thin. >> there must be moments when you just feel bad resolve or the energy weakening. >> i don't ever feel resolve. that's never. but there are days. i don't sleep. i don't sleep at night. >> reporter: jim sciutto, abc news. >> you could feel the love in that image, can you not? those guys getting off the plane, incredible. >> so exciting. >> and that humanitarian gesture that president ahmadinejad wanted it to have in terms of u.
american hikers are finally free. that's what tops our hour this morning. shane bauer and josh fattal convicted of spying and entering the country wasted no time leaving it as soon as they were officially bailed out. mohammed jamjoom joining us with the latest. mo? >> well, carol, we heard from u.s. official that josh fattal and shane bauer have been released from a prison there, but we're also hearing they're still in the prison. our sources in iran say they don't actually know if they left evin prison yet. imany official a a ay officials make sure they are free. released a statement by press tv that their detention sentence has been commuted and they have been released on bail, a lot of speculation is once they are released, they will head to iman. . the reason there is that speculation is it played a part in securing the release of sarah shourd, the third american hiker who was released last september. om omani government officials aren't confirming this. they did go into the prison earlier today and we're awaiting word when and if they will leave the country and in fact, they will
in the u.s. josh fattal and jane bauer spoke about their ordeal today at a new york city hotel. >> reporter: josh fattal and shane bauer are finally home. they arrived in new york sunday morning. for the first time the two men talked about their imprisonment. >> sarah, josh and i have experienced a taste of the iranian regime's brutality. we have been held in almost total isolation from the world and everything we love. >> fattal and bauer's or deal began in 2009 when they were detained after mistakenly crossing the iran-iraq border. all three were accused of illegal entry into iran and espionage. shourd was released for medical ropes a year agoing leaving fattal and bauer in iran. >> when sayre would was released, our -- >> they were led to meet a surprise visitor. >> the first thing he said, he said, let's go home. >> the gulf state was instrumental in securing their freedom on $1 million bail. the men expressed their gratitude but had strong words for their can'tors. >> we applaud the iranian authorities for milliony making -- finally making the right decision regarding or case, but we w
to describe what happened to them. >> reporter: shane bauer and josh fattal made their first public stop in the u.s. this year, at a jam-packed new york hotel. they called themselves political prisoners. >> the only explanation for our prolonged detention is the 32 years of hostility between america and iran. >> reporter: it also provided the first description of their life inside the notorious evan prison. >> many times, too many times, we heard the screams of other prisoners being beaten and there was nothing we could do to help them. the solitary confinement was the worst experience of all of our lives. it was a nightmare that sarah had to endure for 14 months. >> reporter: sarah shourd had been arrested and detained along with bauer and fattal in 2009 when they had been hiking near the iran/iraq border. they were all accused of spying for the u.s. shourd was released ooh year ago. the three were reunited on wednesday in the persian gulf nation of oh, man. it was particularly emotional for shourd and bauer who got engaged in prison, they ended up spending 781 days in what they called
first time in two years. >> josh fattal and shane bauer, jailed as spies, have left a prison in iran as free men. we do have some newv video. here it is, convoy of diplomats leading the men to the airport. they will eventually be taken all the way back to the u.s. for family and friends waking up to this news in the bay area, relief and excitement to close the chapter on this long ordeal. christie smith is live with more details. >> reporter: one professor here at u.c. berkeley said he got the call about this early this morning and was so excited he couldn't stop shaking. he taught shane bauer here in a journalism class. he and everyone here at u.c. berkeley saying this was a long time coming. >> too bad that hikers can't go around other countries and explore the environment without getting caught up in politics. especially close to home, because they were berkeley graduates. it's nice to know that they'll be home safe. >> reporter: former u.c. berkeley students shane bauer and josh fattal were free to leave. they had been held as spies in iran, sentenced to eight years in prison. al
. years are back on american soil tonight. shane bauer and josh fattal rning at new >>> the two cal graduates detained in iran for more than two years are back on american soil tonight. shane bars and josh fattal landed this morning at new york's jfk airport, at a manhattan press conference they talked about life, what it was like in jail, and why they believe they were in prison. >> this was never about you crossing the unmarked border between iran and iraq. we were held because of our national national. >>> the two were sentenced to 8 years in prison for spying and then released on a million dollars bail. a third hiker, sarah shourd, was released last year. >>> checking some bay area headlines, an alaska bay area flight oust of oakland had to make an emergency landing. the pilot reported a bird strike. the plane landed safely and was taken out of service for inspection. the passengers were rebooked. >>> hundreds of people are expected tuesday at a memorial for nursing student michelle le. the event will be held on the four-month anniversary of her disappearance and 10 days after h
coming out of iran this weekend. the lawyer for jailed american hikers josh fattal and shane bauer say he's hopeful the pair will be free today. the men are let go, they will likely be flown to oman. why is the hikers lawyer so confident that they are going to be released this weekend? >> reporter: we've spoken with the lawyer for the hikers several times. reason he's optimistic he found out that basically what's remaining to be done is the signature of one more judge before the hikers can be released. the lawyer walked us through a very complicated process that needs to take place. essentially one of the judges in the case has signed documents stating that bail has been paid. according to the lawyer. there's still one more judge who needs to sign the document stating that bail has been posted. once that happens the lawyer can witness that document and he can take it to another government agency and at that point he says hopefully the hikers can be released. now up until the past hour when we've been speaking to the lawyer, he's expressing optimism they could be released today. we don't h
was very specific about just how imminently josh fattal and shane bauer would be released. >> they will be freed in a couple of days. >> in a couple of days? >> in couple of days. they will be freed. >> reporter: today iran's powerful judiciary which doesn't answer to the president was quoted as saying release wasn't imminent sparking speculation of a power struggle behind the scenes. later today, a state department spokesman would not or could not confirm a report that a plane from oman is headed to tehran. significant because it was a private jet sent by the sultan of oman that brought out sarah shourd, the third hiker released a year ago today. >> i have a huge debt to repay the world for what it's done for me. my first priority is to help my fiance shane bauer and my friend josh fattal to regain their freedom. >> reporter: now sarah, along with the young men's mothers, who worked hard to make sure the world would not forget their sons. >> iran needs to stop playing games with shane and josh. >> reporter: appear about to have a heartfelt wish come true. the question ton
spoke out today before heading home. shane bauer and josh fattal reflected on their release two years after they were taken into custody. and nbc's francis coe reports. >> reporter: americans shane bauer and josh fattal spoke out on their third day of freedom. the two gave a brief press conference in oman, the country which paid their $1 million bail leading to their release. >> it was the most incredible experience of our lives. we will never forget the excitement of seeing our loved ones waiting for us at the foot of the plane. the joy of embracing them all after so long will stay with us forever. >> reporter: they were moments treasured after the men spent two years in a prison with charges of espionage and illegally crossing a border. after delays and disappointment, wednesday was the milestone moment reflected upon by fattal and bauer in their prepared statements today. >> just hours after we left prison, we were able to swim in the calm waters of the gulf. we stayed up all night with our loved ones and we watched the most beautiful sunset we've ever seen. these experiences will
the families of shane bauer and josh fattal feeling very optimistic tonight. >>> and i will show you which cities will be the coolest. >>> a san leandro police officer slammed his patrol car into a liquor store last night. three robbers went into three ring liquor. one robber pistol whipped the clerk and then ran off. another customer held the suspect until police arrived. the clerk suffered minor injuries. >>> the families of two uc berkeley grads being held in iran say they are overjoyed. today the court ordered shane bauer and josh fattal to pay $500,000 each. that was the same amount paid by their friend sarah shourd. the family said it's a quote huge relief to read that they are going to be released. we hope to say more when they were finally more in our arms. >>> the transportation secretary came to see the work at the new oakland control tower everyone though the funding drags on -- even though the funding drags on. tom vacar looks at what is to come. >> reporter: if the senate doesn't act by friday, the faa's money runs dry again stopping this. the aviation project cold again. >>
, josh fattal and sarah shourd were all arrested on july 31 when they were hiking along the border there. their mothers went for a brief two-day visit. but that was the last time bauer and josh fattal saw their family in prison. then, sarah shourd was released on humanitarian grounds due to health problems. right now on ktvu you can watch the raw video on the reunion with the families in oman. just click on the hikers tab. >>> and the man cried today as he was arraigned on criminal charges, 33-year-old paul castillo facing eight charges, including murder. his attorney says his client has been placed on suicide watch. the district attorney says that castillo shot a man at a san jose gas station last friday, then carjacked and kidnapped 60- year-old cindy nguyen. her body was found saturday morning. >>> and we are learning more details on how michelle le's body was found. the spokesperson was with her search dog on saturday when her dog suddenly stopped. >> she had stopped by a flat area and was waiting patiently for me. i approached her, noticed remains. >> reporter: authorities determine
. >>> two american hikers held in iran for more than two years are now back on u.s. soil. josh fattal and shane bauer are talking about their experience in custody. >>> back in america finally josh fattal and shane bauer contend iran saying there were captured just because they were american. >> how can we forgive the iranian government when it continues to imprison some many other innocent people. >> they share gripping details. >> we had to go on hunger strike repeatedly just to receive letters from our loved ones. many times, too many times we heard the screams of other prisoners being beaten. >> they said they're kept in solitary confinement blindfolded, beaten until their families stop writing and diplomats had stopped trying to get them released. >> we have been held in almost total isolation from the world and everything we love them to survive, they kept busy with each other and reading novels and exercising. >> there were serious about their exercise and used water bottles as weights in their cells. >> during the more than two years of activity -- captivity they were allowed
and josh fattal bounded into freedom. they landed in the persian gulf country of oman. president obama said today, "we're thrilled. they shouldn't have been held in the first place." seth doane has our story, beginning with that remarkable reunion. ( cheers ) >> reporter: dashing from the plane and right into the arms of waiting family, shane bauer and josh fattal finally tasted freedom. bauer fell into sarah shourd's embrace. shourd had been hiking with the two men in july 2009. bauer and shroud got engaged while in prison. the two men briefly spoke to the media gather on the tarmac in muscat, oman. >> we are so happy we are free and relieved we are free. >> two years in prison is too long and we sincerely hope for the freedom of other political prisoners and other unjustly imprisoned people in america and iran. >> reporter: the two were held as political prisoners in iran for 26 months. during that time, family members were allowed just one visit and three phone calls. >> our deepest gratitude goes towards his majesty, sultan kabuse of oman for obtang our release. >> reporter: the the rel
to let their ordeal be forgotten. good evening, everyone. i'm jim handly. shane bauer and josh fattal land at newark's jfk airport this afternoon, setting foot on american soil for the first time in more than two years. they spoke of their ordeal and the conditions they endured inside that iranian prison. brian mooar has their story. >> reporter: americans josh fattal and shane bauer free after 781 days in iranian custody, and finally free to say what they think about their captors. >> they do not deserve undue credit for ending what they had no right and no justification to start in the first place. >> this was never about crossing the unmarked border between iran and iraq. we were held because of our nationality. >> reporter: bauer, his fiancee, sarah shourd, and fattal were arrested back in july 2009 when a hiking adventure took a terrible turn. they were accused of crossing the iraq border to spy on iran. shourd was released a year ago. >> i was in solitary confinement and i was constantly threatened that if i rocked the boat in any way, i would never see shane and josh again. >>
day of freedom reuniting with friends and family. josh fattal and shane bauer rushed in the arms of their loved ones yesterday in oman. the first taste of freedom for the 29-year-old after spending two years as prisoners in iran. the government flew them out of iran and reportedly paid the $1 million bail. >> two years in prison is too long. we hope for freedom of the other political prisoners. >> lasted 781 days. we couldn't be more proud. >> also on hand was sarah shourd who was freed by iran last year. she and bauer were engaged while in prison. shane bauer will spend a few days more in oman to recuperate. secretary of state hillary clinton says she is among those looking forward to greeting them when they return to the u.s. >> gas leak near san francisco union square is under investigation. yesterday, the crew working for the utility commission hit unmarked line. two hotel guests there were ordered to shelter in place. two other buildings were evacuated. utility said construction was supposed to start today and the contractor was a day early. >> this afternoon. two san franci
and josh fattal all the necessary things have been obtained. we got word two embassy vehicles and diplomats from iran, this morning they report the lawyers were also seen going in. then 15 minutes ago confirm makes that they had been -- confirmation that they had been freed. we received a call from sarah shaw and we can only imagine how she is feeling now that they are being released. she was released on bail last year for medical reasons after the country put up her $500,000 bail. her release may be giving us the best indication of what we can expect next for these two hikers. she went straight to the embassy and thanked them for putting up her bail. there are reports that they put up a total of $1 million for their bail and that has not been confirmed but if that is in fact true we may very well see these two men at the embassy thanking them. the question is why did they do it? maybe they did it to ease tension in the region or humanitarian relation are reasons but all of that will be continued to be followed but the latest news they are free after being in prison for more than two years.
. let me tell you what we know right now. a lawyer for josh fattal and shane bauer says he's very hopeful that the men might be released today. bail has been posted for each of them. the defense attorney says a judge needs to now sign the bail documents before the procedure can begin. fattal and bauer were arrested after straying over the iranian border. they insist they were just hiking. >> let's turn to libya now. anti-gadhafi forces were ousting a new offensive. at least 100 cars rolled into syrite today. seven of the fighters were killed. 31 others wounded and the military base was seized in yesterday's fighting. the opposition thinks one of moammar gadhafi's sons may have been coordinating the resistance. >>> with a scheduled execution date just days away, calls are growing for the state of georgia to glant clemency to a convicted cop killer. hundreds of people you're seeing here and hearing, it turned out in atlanta yesterday in a rally to support troy davis. he was convicted of killing mark mcfail back in 1989. supporters say his conviction was based on flimsy evidence and
years. tonight they are speaking out. josh fattal and shane bauer say they were detained because of their nationality, not because they may have crossed the border. they say they had to go on repeated hunger strikes to receive letters from their families. they were released on a half million dollar bail each. they arrived in new york today, where they were reunited with their families and sarah shourd. >>> palestinian president mahmoud abbas is getting a hero's welcome after his speech to the united nations. he told the crowd a palestinian spring has been born. his popularity has skyrocketed since the speech friday to the u.n. >>> a shakeup involving women in saudi arabia. they'll be allowed to vote and run for public office. so far, the oil rich nation has largely shaken the protests being held in the middle east. women can't vote or campaign until 2015. >>> pumpkin growers were in utah this weekend. farmers from across the state lugged tons and tons of massive gourds to the contest. the size to beat, more than 1100 pounds. some growers say the best part of the contest is coming
and josh fattal back in the u.s. after their release from prison and they're talking about the fear they faced there every day. they're being a little bit more open about their experience now here on u.s. soil. >> getting incredible details about what they experienced the last two years. great story there. >>> later this half-hour, retro pop music bands that had limited success, let's say. national one hit wonder day on sunday. so we will put bands like ah-ha in the spotlight. this is our favorite story of the day. >> no question there. >> not at all. >>> first, fears about the global economy are dragging down stocks overseas this morning. tokyo, hong kong, lower after a terrible week on wall street. >> the global economic jitters are affecting millions of savings and retirement plans. with more on that, here is abc's david muir. >> reporter: over the last week, stocks sank more than 6%, the worst week in three years, since the height of the recession. stoking fears we're headed for another recession or that we are already in one. in fact the last seven days have wiped away an entir
free instead of inside a bleak iranian prison. >> good news. shane bauer and josh fattal began their trek home. their release, a delicate diplomatic chess match. >> scott goldberg joins us live with what is next for them p. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning, rob and tanya. all of this may have been a carefully-timed public relations schedule, as mahmoud ahmadinejad is set to speak to the united nations today. it wasn't american soil. but it was the next best thing. as the families of shane bauer and josh fattal greeted them in oman. the first taste of freedom for the 29-year-olds after spending more than two years as prisoners in iran. >> we're so happy we are free. and so relieved we are free. >> reporter: the omani government flew them out of iran and reportfully paid their $1 million bail. for bauer, it meant a reunion with sarah shourd, who was captured with them was only spent half as much time behind bars. >> two years in prison is too long. and we sincerery hope for the release of other imprisoned people. >> reporter: the three were arrested in 2009, while t
and josh fattal. he said the iraqi cords have approved a $1 million bail deal for the hikers, according to the iraqi courts. swiss diplomats are standing by to pick them up. shane bauer and josh fattal were arrested in iran in july 2009. they were convicted of spying. it's not clear when they will be reunited with their families after the release. >>> closer to home a shootout in the san francisco bayview district has injured five-year- old girl. she was walking home in school with her father when caught in the crossfire. anne makovec is outside the bayview police station with the search for those gunmen. good morning. >> reporter: police here are under a lot of pressure to solve this crime. right now they are looking at surveillance video from a nearby store trying to identify two shooters in this case. they believe this 5-year-old girl was the unintended victim of what seems to be a shootout between at least two people. little 5-year-old girl walking with her father along third street near palou avenue at 4:30 yesterday afternoon when at least four shots were fired. the little girl fe
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